On This Day

On This Day in Sport for March 27

Events in Sport

  • 1871 First international rugby union match - Scotland beats England, 1-0 at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh
  • 1873 35th Grand National: J. M. Richardson wins aboard 20/1 shot Disturbance by 6 lengths from Rhyshworth
  • 1885 47th Grand National: Jockey Ted Wilson wins his second consecutive GN aboard 10/3 favourite Roquefort
  • 1896 58th Grand National: Former owner David Campbell wins aboard 40/1 outsider The Soarer
  • 1903 65th Grand National: Percy Woodland aboard 13/2 chance Drumcree wins by 3 lengths from Detail
  • 1908 70th Grand National: Henry Bletsoe wins aboard American 66/1 outsider Rubio
  • 1914 76th Grand National: Bill Smith aboard Sunloch wins by 8 lengths from Trianon III
  • 1925 84th Grand National: Major John Wilson wins aboard 100/9 shot Double Chance; first year a tape, known then as a 'gate', used at the start line
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Birthdays in Sport

  • 1859 George Giffen, Australian cricket all-rounder (31 Tests, 1 x 100, 6 x 50, HS 161, 103 wickets, BB 7/117; SA CA), born in Adelaide, Australia (d. 1927)
  • 1878 Miller Huggins, American Baseball Hall of Fame 2nd baseman, manager (NY Yankees WS 1923, 27-28), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1929)
  • 1888 George Hearne, South African cricket batsman (3 Tests; Western Province), born in Catford, England (d. 1978)
  • 1910 Rudi Ball, German-Jewish ice hockey star (Olympic bronze 1932), born in Berlin (d. 1975)
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Deaths in Sport

  • 1927 Joe Start, American baseball player, dies at 84
  • 1933 Lionel Palairet, British cricketer (49 runs in 2 Tests for England 1902), dies at 62
  • 1947 Charles Smith, cricketer (batted for South Africa in 1902-03), dies
  • 1978 Dutch Zwilling, American baseball outfielder (Federal League HR all-time leader), dies at 89
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